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Weekend Links: GoogaMooga and Other Hells

by Corinna Kirsch on May 21, 2012

  • A judge ruled California’s 35-year-old droit de suite law unconstitutional. [Reuters]
  • Christie’s post-war and contemporary evening sale in New York made  $388 million—but only 5% came from sales by female artists. [The Economist]
  • The Whitney Museum gets bigger. My bad, that’s just a shipping container. [Archinet]
  • The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, in Kansas City, MO, isn’t doing too well. Its director resigned last week, after the resignation or elimination of at least four other employees. [The Kansas City Star]
  • Artnet gets interviewed by “The Street,” a finance blog, about its abilities to predict art market trends. Overall, Thomas Galbraith, director of analytics at artnet, doesn’t say much that would convince a millionaire to buy art.  “We examine particular collecting categories at the top-end then we break out those categories into its constituents,” said Galbraith. [The Street]
  • According to one study, Facebook users are vain. Another one says only the ones with thousands of friends are vain. The third one says Twitter users are the real vain ones. I predict the fourth one will vainly realize that beauty is in the eye of the Facebook shareholder. [The New York Times Well Blog]
  • By most accounts, the Great GoogaMooga was a disaster. The hating notably includes a few rants by The New York Times film critic A.O. Scott. [Eater]
  • In Chicago, the G8 Summit has caused several museums to close their doors for the entirety of the summit. They each cited security issues, though we’ve also heard that it’s because of private tours given to government officials. [Chicago G8]
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Forbes Magazine Article on e-Commerce Art Websites Mired in Conflict of Interest

by Paddy Johnson on August 16, 2011
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Why is the Chief Editorial Director of the online e-commerce site Art Collector’s Club writing about her own site in Forbes Magazine? Abigail R. Esman’s article surveying the field and introducing a new site called COMPANY clearly suffers from conflict of interest; she has a vested interest in the site and is not an objective source.

This isn’t exactly the gold standard of publishing Forbes should aspire to, and neither is the content of the article: it’s riddled with vague statements that read more like PR than they do reportage.

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Bushwick Art Scene: For Love of the Game

by Paddy Johnson on June 23, 2011

Emily Nathan of artnet writes up Bushwick artists she deems the “young avant-garde.”

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Getting Paid: How They Do it In New York

by Paddy Johnson on March 15, 2011
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I’ve spent the last two years listening to my father (and accountant) tell me I needed to “diversify my revenue sources”. That’s always sounded a little too close to “get another job” for my liking, but in truth that’s what I’ve been doing for the last two years. I write the same amount, but I speak at more schools, I run more fundraisers, and sell more advertising than I have before.

This all came up when I spoke to Ania Szremski at Fmagazine this month, a writer who wants to know what publishing models could be reproduced in Chicago. I don’t recommend anyone try to do what I do — it isn’t easy financially, and the work load can be intense — but according the article only Bad at Sports is so foolish anyway.

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